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The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers lots of outstanding programs and events during October including Halloween activities for all ages!

The following video documents the Lincoln Heights Park Build which took place Sept. 8 - 10, 2011.

 Youth Basketball  
Youth basketball registration runs through Oct. 21.  

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites parents with children interested in playing basketball, ages 4-18, to register now through Oct. 21 for the upcoming winter co-ed recreation season. Space is limited, so register early! A birth certificate is required for proof of age, determined as of Jan. 1, 2012. Registration fee is $65, which includes league play and uniform. League play runs December to February with practices beginning in November. Teams will be formed utilizing a blind draft system in hopes of balancing the competition for our Instructional and Rec-Vets Divisions. To register, visit Eparks, click on "Program Registration," select "School Level” and “Athletics” to see league offerings. You may also call 311 or register in person at your nearest recreation center. For organizations registering teams to play in the Rec-Vets Open League, the fee is $65 per player and uniforms are provided. Ages include 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U. Participants register individually and will be prompted for team affiliation. For organizations registering teams to play in the Competitive-Open League, the fee is $400 per team (uniforms not included) or $600 with the Department providing uniforms. Open league teams have until Oct. 8 to register. Competitive-Open leagues must provide their own practice sites. 


Leisure and Learn is offered Thursdays in October and features great speakers, educational workshops, entertaining activities, and delicious, refreshments and a full lunch. Each session is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $5. To register, visit, click Eparks, and enter the appropriate Course Code number.

   Homeless Vets
  Help homeless veterans by eating at Nothing but Noodles on Oct. 8.


Owners of Nothing But Noodles will be donating 25 percent of the day's receipts to the Stand Down, which is Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the Grady Cole Center. The Stand Down is an annual event sponsored by Mecklenburg County Veteran's Services, Park and Recreation, and a number of other organizations. Typically, about 300 homeless veterans attend the event and receive information on services and benefits that can help them get off the streets. Additionally, homeless veterans are also fed a hot meal, given the opportunity to get a haircut, and some light medical attention, including dental services. The Stand Down is also sponsored by The Law Offices of Goodson and Piemonte, 103.7 FM WSOC, East Boulevard Bar & Grill, and Food To Die For.


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Southview Recreation Center will host an event for the community titled “Boxing out Breast Cancer” on Oct. 22, 12 noon-2 p.m. This event will focus on celebrating survivors, giving hope and support to women that are facing breast cancer while encouraging them to keep “fighting the battle”. Southview’s youth and seniors will play a huge role in this event by providing thoughtful expressions of hope. We will have guest speakers, poets, dancers, and other entertainers, as well as testimonials from breast cancer survivors. Jeannette Gregory, a breast cancer survivor and a testimonial speaker for the cause will emcee the event. We are partnering with her organization, Celebrate Life08, a non-profit that focuses on bringing hope and encouragement to women facing breast cancer through education and outreach in the community. This organization strives to enhance the quality of life for women during and after the cancer diagnosis and in treatment by collecting and distributing relevant information on cancer.’ This event is open to the community, however we are asking that all breast cancer survivors call and register by Oct. 14 so they may receive a small gift. For more information or to register, contact Kiana Brooks or 704-392-7452.


Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Service, a division of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, will partner with Sow Much Good, Inc. to host the first annual National Food Day Celebration on Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center. The event seeks to educate and raise awareness of the importance of sustainably-produced food and resources to the targeted audience of over 72,000 residents living in food deserts. The event will include a number of educational and empowering experiences: 

  • A “Living Foods” laboratory, led by culinary students of Charlotte’s prestigious Johnson & Wales University
  • A local foods cinema featuring screenings of popular documentaries from the local foods movement
  • Beginner gardening classes including how to grow food in small spaces
  • A kids’ corner including youth-oriented food and fitness activities
  • An educational vendor expo including a host of health and wellness agencies and businesses 
  • And an onsite farm stand which will offer fresh, local and organic produce

Ten participants will also receive the opportunity to win a local Thanksgiving feast from Sow Much Good, Inc, in addition to a host of other great giveaways.
Persons and businesses interested in volunteering or vending at the event should call 704.336.2082 or visit


  • Fall is an excellent time to manage winter annual and perennial broadleaf weeds. An application of post emergent herbicide such as 2,4-D + Dicamba+ MCPP will help to minimize those weeds that are seen thriving in late winter and early spring. Apply according to directions on label.
  • The best time of the year to plant woody plants is now. Select plants suitable for the hardiness zone 7-8, and type of sun exposure the planting sites gets (sun, shade, or partial shade).
  • Fall is the time to plant daffodil bulbs. A great addition to any landscape would be miniature Tete a tete daffodils.


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